Susan Kidson of UCT discuss's how the relationship between humankind and equids – a family that includes horses, asses, donkeys, and zebras – shaped the path of history on the African continent. In this Fine Minds lecture, Professor Kidson will draw on research by Equus in Africa, a documentary project about the history of the horse family on our continent. The Equus in Africa project began in a film editing suite when director Erica Brumage and producer Katherine Leach-Lewis found themselves chatting about their mutual love of horses and wondering why no documentary series had yet tackled the subject of horses in Africa. They soon found a wealth of relevant material across many disciplines, including history, biology, culture and art. When Sue Kidson, a cell biologist at UCT, became involved, she brought her expertise as a zoologist and geneticist to the mix. From Hipparion, a grazing four-toed horse whose footprints were found preserved beside those of early hominids in Tanzania, to the mounts that served the VOC and the competing forces of the Anglo-Boer War, this lecture covers the many ways humans and equids have interacted in Africa over the millennia.
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